After trying to distance himself from Congressman Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” gaffe, Smith stumbled into his own uncomfortable moment when he claimed he understood the emotions attached to becoming pregnant due to rape because his family dealt with a similar situation.
Speaking about a female relative, Smith explained:
“She chose life, and I commend her for that,” he said. “She knew my views. But, fortunately for me, I didn’t have to … she chose the way I thought. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t rape.”
When asked to clarify how his relative’s pregnancy from a non-rape was similar to a woman getting pregnant due to rape, Smith said the two were similar because she had “a baby out of wedlock.”
While the GOP has called for Congressman Akin to abandon his bid for a Missouri Senate seat, the Republican Party platform voted to include a promise to outlaw abortion, even if the woman is a victim of rape or incest.
Although Republicans claim they want to focus on jobs and repairing our economy, for the last two years they’ve been introducing legislation aimed at stripping women of their right to choose and speaking up against other social issues.